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Capsule Makeup Collection Challenge

Hey BIC! One of my goals this year is to try to put together a makeup capsule with a handful (okay, maybe a large handful in my case) of products that will work for me for an every day look and special occasions. Given my current collection, I won't need to be starting from scratch. 😂 So, I'm treating this capsule makeup collection challenge like a shop my stash and declutter adventure all in one. Would love for you to join me if and when you can.


If this is something that interests you or just piques your curiosity, please feel free to use this thread to document and challenge yourself to (1) use what you have / shop your stash; (2) determine which products in your collection to keep, which to declutter, and which to try again another day. All with the goal of curating a set of makeup products that will help you achieve a signature look - and maybe a few additional products for other looks in your daily life, including looks for special occasions or events.

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Every week, I will post a group of makeup products I plan to choose from (i.e., shopping my stash) for my looks during the week. I plan to post a photo of the products and tag those that may be available at Sephora. To keep things interesting and add a bit of fun to this experiment, I will try to have most of the products used fall within the weekly prompts/themes (see below), but, even though I have a fairly robust amount of makeup, there will be weeks when there may only be a few items that will fall squarely within that particular week's theme. All that to say, if you don't have a product that fits wholly within the prompt, don't let that keep you from participating. 



Week 14 (April 1 - 7) - The "Do Over" or "Take 2" Makeup Capsule - Was there a prompt or theme in the previous 13 weeks that you loved and want to repeat, with or without changes? Or that you want to "do over"? Or, was there a capsule that you missed out on and want to give a try?  If so, this is your week! Don't remember all the prompts we've been through over the last 3 months? No problem. Check out the Past Makeup Capsule Collection Challenge Themes
Week 15 (April 8 - 14) - The Makeup-Artist-Founded Brand Makeup Capsule and/or The Sephora Spring Savings Makeup Capsule - Curate a capsule that includes one or more products from makeup brands created by makeup artists.  A non-exhaustive list of celebrity makeup-artist-founded beauty brands can be found in the spoiler below. 

Or, did you pick up any makeup beauties during the Sephora sale that you want to play with? Share your newness with us and incorporate one or more of the goodies you hauled during the sale into your capsule this week. 
Week 16 (April 15 - 21) - The BIC Inspired (Spring Edition) Makeup Capsule and/or The Sephora Spring Savings Makeup Capsule - Has there been a product (or two, or three...) you were inspired or enabled to pick up after seeing or hearing one (or more) of your fellow BIC beauties talk about or show it off in a look of the day?  Incorporate one or more BIC enabled product into this week's capsule. Or, curate a capsule with one or more items you picked up from the Sephora Spring Savings Event. Or, combine both prompts this week. 
Week 17 (April 22 - 28) - The "Green" Makeup Capsule and/or The Sephora Spring Savings Makeup Capsule - In honor of Earth Day (April 22), let's assemble a "green" capsule for the week. What does it mean to be "green", you ask? You tell me! Here are a handful of meanings "green" can have - 
  • Sustainable
  • "Clean" by whatever standard you want - Clean at Sephora? Natural? Non-toxic? 
  • The color - either the product itself or the packaging, or both
  • New or young
  • Other - your definition (oh, inquiring minds will want to know, so do also share your definition of green)
Or, if you have one or more products you picked up from the Sephora Spring Savings Event, show them off with a capsule highlighting one product or all of them. A shop-your-Sephora sale-stash, if you will.  
Week 18 (April 29 - May 5) - The April 2024 "On Top" or "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule - Were there makeup products from April that stood out to you - good or bad? Did you discover any new (or tried-and-true) favorites this month? Are there products you've been on the fence about? Create a makeup capsule with one or any combination of these ideas. 

Makeup Artist Owned / Founded Makeup Brands
This list is not exhaustive of all makeup brands owned or founded by makeup artists. Brands with an asterisks (*) next to the name can be found at Sephora (online or in select stores). Name of makeup artist listed in parens if their name is not otherwise part of the brand name.
Anastasia Beverly Hills (Anastasia Soare)
Artist Couture (Angel Merino)
* Beautyblender (Rea Ann Silva)
Bobbi Brown
* Charlotte Tilbury Beauty
* Danessa Myricks Beauty 
Em Cosmetics (Michelle Phan)
Half Magic (Donni Davy)
* Huda Beauty (Huda Kattan)
Jones Road (Bobbi Brown)
Kevyn Aucoin Beauty
* Laura Mercier 
Lisa Eldridge
* Makeup by Mario (Mario Dedivanovic)
* Melt Cosmetics (Lora Arellano and Dana Bomar)
* NARS (Francois Nars)
* Natasha Denona
* One/Size by Patrick Starr
* Pat McGrath Labs 
Patrick Ta
Pixi Beauty (Petra Strand)
Sephora Collection (various Sephora makeup artists help to create products from the line)
* Stila (Jeanine Lobell)
Surratt Beauty (Troy Surratt)
Wayne Goss
Westman Atelier (Gucci Westman)

 Upcoming Makeup Capsule Challenges: [Updated 3.26.2024]

Week 18 (April 29 - May 5) - The April 2024 Edition of "On Top" or "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule - Were there makeup products from April that stood out to you - good or bad? Did you discover any new (or tried-and-true) favorites this month? Are there products you've been on the fence about? Create a makeup capsule with one or any combination of these ideas. 
Week 19 (May 6 - 12) - The AAPI Owned / Founded Beauty Brand Makeup Capsule - To celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Month, let's curate a capsule with one or more beauty products from AAPI owned or founded makeup brands. [NOTE: A non-exhaustive list of AAPI owned or founded beauty brands will be listed in the original post a few weeks beforehand]
Week 20 (May 13 - 19) - The "Sleeping Beauties" Makeup Capsule and/or The "OMG, More Stuff From the Sephora Spring Savings" Makeup Capsule - I was inspired by the theme of this year's Met Gala, "Sleeping Beauties" - go through your stash and create a makeup capsule with beauties that have been sleeping in your stash and could use love and attention. Or, were there makeup products you picked during the Sephora Spring Savings Sale that are just now making their way to you (or that you are now getting to)? Put them in a capsule, by themselves or mix in a few "Sleeping Beauty" products. 
Week 21 (May 20 - 26) - The "My Best Self" Makeup Capsule - May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Curate a capsule with products that make you look and feel your very best
Week 22 (May 27 - June 2) - The May 2024 "On Top" or "On The Chopping Block" Makeup Capsule - it's that time again, curate a capsule with your standout or favorite products this month or products you're trying to decide whether to keep or declutter. 



What is a capsule makeup collection?  

A capsule makeup collection is a selection of makeup products that can be used to put together different looks for a variety of occasions. For some of us, that may mean a group of essential products for your everyday look plus a few extra items for a more glam or dramatic look; and, for others of us, that may mean, a lineup of our holy grail product(s) in each makeup category. My ideal capsule makeup collection probably falls somewhere in between - we'll (hopefully) find out at the end of the year! I don't see myself as a minimalist, but I don't have an extensive collection of makeup either. I appreciate the collections of people who fall within both camps but I float somewhere in between - on the one hand, my brow product collection would earn a gold star if we were using a minimalist approach to makeup; my lip product lineup, on the other hand, would not. 🤣 It would most definitely not.  


Why have a capsule makeup collection?  

Everyone will have their own reasons for having (or not having) a more streamlined makeup collection. Over the years, I've just become more interested in having less beauty products on hand (well, except for lip products, lol) - a handful of items I use or reach for more frequently with maybe a few additional products that are go-to's for me for special events or occasions.  Don't get me wrong, I love trying new products and I don't see that changing. I just like the idea of having a simpler collection (I appreciate that "simpler" can be relative), curated to my needs and lifestyle.

Why Weekly? 
A few years ago, beauty & lifestyle blogger Serein Wu, did a weekly series (on her blog and YouTube), Makeup Bag Monday, where she would rotate her makeup bag each week with new product launches and makeup already in her collection. She would post every Monday the products she selected for the upcoming week and provide detailed makeup reviews on the makeup she used for the previous week. I may not post detailed reviews but will at least try to include a recap of what products I like and which ones didn't work for me.  If weekly works for you, great. If not, feel free to join in based on what works best for you.

Other Challenges On the Forums Worth a Look:

These are just a few of the many, MANY challenges on the forums. I've included links to ones that are active and will try to update accordingly. Some I participate in regularly, others I post to every so often, and others still I visit to learn about makeup products, tips and tricks, or just to see what's going on. 

Shopping Your Stash / Using What You Have

* Project Pan: Pan It! - 2024 Challenge
* Foil Challenge: Foil Challenge

* No Buy / Low Buy:2022 & 2023 - THE NO-BUY, LOW-BUY, BUDGET - to be updated with link to 2024 thread
* With Monthly Themes: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2024
* With Weekly Themes: Makeup Challenge of the Week
* Lipstick/Lip Products Focused: 100 Days of Lipstick Challenge 
* Eyeshadow Focused: 100 Shades of Eyeshadow Challenge
* Eyeliner Focused: 100 Shades of Eyeliner 
* Cheeks Focused: [Edited 1.20.2024] Cheek Challenge Winter 2024: Mocktail Makeup
* Home Fragrance: Home Fragrance Thread

I'm excited to see what results from this experiment and I welcome everyone to join in this adventure, whenever and however is most effective for you. 

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There were a lot of oooohhhh's and aaaaahhhh's coming from my mouth when I saw your capsule for this week @missjeanie😍 I would be happy shopping this stash; so many great beauties! 


Ummm, wondering what shade that Summer Fridays blush is? Errrr ,,, asking for a friend.

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@itsfi It's Pink Skies?  I just went on their website to double check that... why are they only 5.60$???  I might need to buy more.  

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Did you pick up any before they sold out @missjeanie

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No..... @itsfi I think I stumbled upon a fake website when I looked it up on my phone yesterday.  It seemed too good to be true and when I looked at their real site last night.... I decided they were not getting my credit card information lol!

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@missjeanie  Great job!! I know how hard it can be to pick a few things and stick with it. Happens to me when I travel and I feel like I need to pack everything!!! Nice to hear you are loving the SF blush! It’s one of my go to! 

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@ather It's hard to figure out how to mix in my panning project with this one.  I do a full face at least five days a week so I need at least one item in each category for me... it just still looks like a lot!

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@missjeanie im planning on (at least attempting) to incorporate my pan project with this challenge by including one item from my pan project into the capsule, if possible. Some weeks may not work out, or be a stretch on the theme, but im thinking it will help keep some of those products in rotation while also using some other things already in my collection, so that i dont end up with the same looks every time i go to use a pan project product

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@cianni That's a great idea!  Keeps both projects working together and keeping things fun!

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The Quick & Easy Winter Edition Makeup Capsule ☃️


I picked some products for a more natural look -effortless-



GUERLAIN Météorites Illuminating Highlighter Powder Pearls  (Happy Glow which is a limited edition from few years ago) I use this as a fixing powder everyday.

•Clarins powder brush

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer
Luminous & moisturizing + easy/fast to apply (with fingers!)

NUDESTIX Magnetic Eye Color Nudity 
For a quick and long lasting color

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Resist Waterproof Eyebrow Definer Pencil 

NARS Blush Deep Throat 
For a natural color

•Chanel rouge coco shine #48 évasion (discontinued) A sheer lipstick that is very moisturizing


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@Lila12345678 - I have a container of LE Guerlain Meteorites from a numbers of years ago.  I don't remember the name, but I absolutely love them!  Unfortunately they're almost gone. 😔

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@Lila12345678  Great picks! Can’t wait to see your looks! 

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@Lila12345678 I've always heard such good things about Nudestix, especially how quick and easy they are to use!  Great selection here. 

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I usually prefer to use powder eyeshadows but when I’m in a hurry this Nudestix crayon eyeshadow comes in handy.

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@Lila12345678😍😍😍😍😍 Effortless and stunning! Love your capsule! 


Ugh, it crushes me that the Chanel lipstick is discontinued. There have been a few Chanel lippies that are sadly no longer in the brand's makeup line. Sigh.

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i have this lipstick since a looooott of years. I store it preciously in a cool and dry place. The color and the scent is the same so I still use it💄

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Oooh those little Guerlain beads. 🤩 @Lila12345678 

I can really see these items making a simple effortless make up look.

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They’re so pretty! They’re my favorite setting powder: they don’t make my face darker (i’m very pale) & they give me a glow 🌟 Also, the powder is not cakey and i don’t feel it on my skin. 

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Oooh I knew they must be fantastic @Lila12345678 😍😍😍

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@Lila12345678 Beautiful photo. The Guerlain pearls look very special. These items will make for a beautiful, natural look.

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Thank you! The Guerlain pearls are my all-time favorites! 

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Week 2: The Quick & Easy Winter Edition Makeup Capsule

Week 2 - Quick & Easy: The Winter Edit, with options for a couple looksWeek 2 - Quick & Easy: The Winter Edit, with options for a couple looks

The Products:

-- Prepping my skin before applying makeup becomes even more important during the winter months as my skin is more dry and dehydrated, with a tendency for dry spots and/or flaking. Bobbi Brown Mini Vitamin Enriched Face Base Primer Moisturizer 0.50 oz/ 15 mL  makes an excellent makeup primer for this time of the year, especially for those with dry or very dry skin - it's nourishing and smoothing.
-- Tower 28 Beauty SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Foundation is one of my top 5 bases, regardless of formulation or consistency, and it is the tops as far as tinted foundations/moisturizers go. This is my 2nd (or maybe 3rd) tube❣️ Coverage-wise, I'd probably categorize this between a tinted moisturizer and a traditional foundation. It gives a wonderful, healthy glow! 💗
-- Westman Atelier Vital Skin Full Coverage Foundation and Concealer Stick is quick and easy, though I do need to make sure my dry-leaning skin is prepped for it. I don't usually gravitate towards full coverage foundations, but this can be made more sheer with a lighter hand and a beauty sponge. This will be doing double-duty for me this week, as a foundation (on days I need more coverage) and a concealer.

-- Sticking with the Victoria Beckham Beauty Matte Bronzing Brick - I'm not great with bronzer but this one is pretty easy to apply, even for the likes of me. If I were not trying to pan an eyeshadow and testing out a shadow stick (see Eyes below), I'd also use this as eyeshadow. Maybe I will do that later this week.

-- Primers: Bringing back the SEPHORA COLLECTION Boost + Lock Eyeshadow Primer 0.33 oz / 10 mL to see if it stays or goes. I'll be pitting it against my go-to eyeshadow primer, the tried-and-true NARS Pro-Prime™ Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. It doesn't have to best the NARS to stick around, but it needs to hang in there with it if it will stay in the collection. 
-- Eyeshadow: I love the convenience of eyeshadow sticks. My go to are the ones from Bobbi Brown but I knew I wanted to give the SEPHORA COLLECTION Sephora Colorful® Waterproof Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Multi-Stick 11 Truffle Shimmer  a try when I saw this and the other new, reformulated sticks in store. It's a shadow and liner in one so that's quick and easy!
-- I'm also including a few eyeshadows from Natasha Denona Biba All Neutral Eyeshadow Palette Full Size Biba Neutral Eyeshadow Palette in the mix. It's part of my pan it! challenge and I really want to give it a good effort. I took a break from it mid-month last month so I'm trying to get myself back into the rhythm of reaching for it. The Sephora multi-stick will be what I primarily use this coming week, but I'll reach for the Biba shades one, maybe two days.
-- Mascara: Same duo as last week. Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara 01 Waterproof Big is The New Black isn't going anywhere anytime soon, it's a HG. Testing the mini Yves Saint Laurent Lash Clash Extreme Volume Mascara another week to see how I feel about it - I liked that it applied quickly and easily, didn't smudge, and was easy to remove. I saw a waterproof version come online earlier this month; hoping there'll be a mini gwp promo for that soon-ish. 

-- Keeping it simple this week with just a tinted balm (Rhode Peptide Lip Tint - Toast) and iNNBEAUTY PROJECT Glaze Lip Oil Mystery - it shows up as a light pink shade on me, similar to the color I get when I apply one of those clear pH adjusting lip oils.

-- Gucci Brume de Beauté Beauty Mist 2.7 oz / 80 mL is a favorite multi-tasker. I'll be using it in my routine to set my makeup and to refresh it throughout the day.
-- Makeup pouch came with one of the Sephora Favorites kit - this is a lot roomier than it looks. Not a complaint, just an observation. 



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